Margaret Beekman Livingston: The Old Lady of Clermont

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Margaret Beekman Livingston "The Old Lady of ClermontThe Columbia County Historical Society Volunteers will host a talk, “The Old Lady of Clermont,” on Tuesday afternoon, February 16, 2016.

This free program, presented by Kjirsten Gustavson will begin at 3 pm at the McNary Center of St Paul’s, 6 Sylvester Street in Kinderhook, NY.

Margaret Beekman Livingston was a key figure in the history of Clermont. The mother of several prominent statesmen and shapers of the American Revolution, Margaret has an interesting story of her own.

She was 18 years old when she married Robert Livingston (1718–1775), joining two prominent Colonial families and their fortunes. Widowed at the age of 52, she led her family through the American Revolution oversaw the two estates she inherited from both families. Even when her home was burned by the English Army, Margaret remained undaunted and rebuilt before the war was over.

Presenter Kjirsten Gustavson has been the Curator of Education at Clermont State Historic Site for ten years. A graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, more of her research can be found on Clermont’s blog.

The CCHS Volunteers group will hold a meeting at 3 pm preceding the program. Anyone interested in volunteering is welcome to attend the meeting and should check the CCHS Volunteers webpage, or phone (518) 758-9265. Columbia County Historical Society Volunteers meet on a regular basis to discuss volunteer projects and other opportunities to support the organization.

Founded in 1916, the Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) is a non-profit institution committed to interpreting and preserving the history and culture of Columbia County, New York. CCHS owns and maintains the Columbia County Historical Society Museum and Research Library, as well as three historic properties: the National Historic Landmark Luykas Van Alen House (1737), the James Vanderpoel House (ca. 1820), and the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse (ca. 1850).

In recent years, CCHS has sustained a range of programs: the award-winning magazine Columbia County History Heritage; recurring lecture series; annual field-trips for all county fourth-graders; and exhibitions in the museum galleries.

Illustration of Margaret Beekman Livingston provided.

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